A worthwhile event for those who love books and the people who write them.
The whole concept of this is interesting. Clearly people feel strongly about it when they're prepared to travel real distance to find an indie bookstore. It would be better for the soul and the health of the economy in general if this philosophy were to be applied wholesale.
I note the image of certain character from Peru on the home page and must confess to having wondered whether you share his predilection for marmalade sandwiches.
though I like Marmalade. I'm a PB&J fan.
I do think we are about twenty years from a revolution in publishing where there is no inventory - all books are print on demand. And the knowledgeable bookseller will prevail.
it might prove even less futuristic. The present upheaval in publishing could short-circuit the phases in between. Certainly the trade's production and distribution methods make no sense on any level and unnecessarily push up the price of books. Last year, I spent several weeks trying to explain to an American distributor that his services would render neither of us any advantage. He hadn't done his homework and just didn't get it. I suppose that these sections of the industry are trying to justify their existence and hang on to their jobs. Perhaps they can't be blamed for that, but the trade and the planet are in crisis.
Retail in general, as it is currently set up, is an artificial proposition. It would be good to see indie publishers prevail. Leave them to drive the change and work out how to balance the books. The rest will follow.
p.s. Unlike our friend from darkest Peru, I suspect Fardel's Bear would prefer PB&H.
living in interesting times.
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